The Packers head to Dallas for the divisional round match-up that the TV ratings will love.
Two of the most popular teams in not just the NFL, but all of sports look to help the NFL try and get the television ratings up where they belong. The Green Bay Packers head to Arlington, Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys in what could see the winner representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys bring a powerful ground game led by rookie Ezekiel Elliott and their dominate offensive line. Elliott took the league by storm during his rookie season as he led the league in rushing and came within a hands length of breaking the rookie rushing record. Along with their rookie running back, the Cowboys also had a rookie quarterback take on the league and succeed for most of the season.
Dak Prescott may have gone through a tough patch of games late in the year, but he was able to bounce back nicely over the last couple of weeks to get back to playing mistake free football that the Cowboys were fortunate enough to have during his rookie campaign as the Cowboys starting quarterback.
The Packers have play makers all over the field on offense in the passing game. Led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers will look to continue their winning streak against the top-seeded Cowboys. The status of Jordy Nelson is unknown, but they still have 3-4 options to go to in the passing game that should help if they are indeed missing their top wide receiver this weekend.
Packers vs Cowboys gonna smash divisional round rating records. Smash.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) January 9, 2017
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2017
Both defenses for the Packers and Cowboys have seen their fair share of good and bad football. The Cowboys have come on strong over the last month of the season and hope to get their best cornerback Morris Claiborne back for this game. They hope to have him back to help pick up a secondary that has not been playing that well to end the season. While Claiborne was in there, he was able to shut down some of the game’s biggest names on a weekly basis, including Nelson during their earlier match-up.
The NFL has been down in terms of TV ratings this year, but this game should help pick up those rating after a wild card weekend of blowout after blowout. This weekend, we will see four match-ups that are repeat match-ups from earlier in the season, with the Cowboys and Packers closing out the weekend with what should be a fantastic game.
This game should come down to the wire and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the winner is raising the Lombardi Trophy in February!